1. Brandon Flowers Releasing New Solo Album in 2015

    August 27, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The Killers singer is teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid for his second solo effort. Two years after the Killers ' Battle Born and four years after his solo debut Flamingo , Brandon Flowers is hitting the studio to work on his second solo effort, slated for a 2015…

  2. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  3. Josh Gracin Is Back on Tour After Suicide Scare

    August 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT 'American Idol' alum also releases previews of 2 new songs on Facebook. It seems things are looking up for American Idol alum Josh Gracin . Two weeks ago, Gracin left what appeared to be a suicide note on his Facebook page, and subsequently Gracin's manager tweeted, "Josh…

  4. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  5. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  7. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  8. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  9. iPhone 6 Launch Rumors Continue to Heat Up with 'Leaked' Guide

    August 27, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Will Apple rule your very existence on September 9? That date has been making the rounds for a while as the possible unveiling of the iPhone 6, and now tech blogs are a-buzzin' over an image showing what may be the insert card -- the kind you find in the box -- for the coveted device.…

  10. Watch The White Buffalo Roam Onto 'Jimmy Kimmel' & Perform Live

    August 27, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jake Smith and his band -- aka The White Buffalo -- stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night for a two-song performance of selections from their new album Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways. The Los Angeles band led with the bittersweet new year ode “This Year.” Check out the video below:…

  11. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  12. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  13. Watch Usher & Nicki Minaj's Underground Disco in 'She Came to Give It to You' Video

    August 26, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Pharrell also makes an appearance in the dance-heavy clip. First we got Usher and Nicki Minaj 's booty-tastic VMA performance of "She Came to Give It to You" on Sunday. Now, two days later, a video for the MJ-channeling single has arrived. Usher Releases 'Believe Me'…

  14. Kings of Leon Cancel Two More Shows

    August 26, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Drummer Nathan Followill is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a bus crash earlier this month. Kings of Leon will cancel two more shows as Nathan Followill recovers from a tour bus accident that happened earlier this month. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill 'Banged Up'…

  15. Neil & Pegi Young Getting Divorced After 36 Years

    August 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Sad news from the Neil Young camp: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years. The Youngs were frequent musical collaborators throughout their marriage. They have often toured together over the years and even performed together during the 1994…

  16. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The third season of 'Masters of the Mix' allegedly used lots of unlicensed music. Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay…

  17. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  18. Listen: Jennifer Lopez Recruits Iggy Azalea For 'Booty' Remix

    August 26, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with Iggy Azalea for the remix to her latest A.K.A. single, "Booty." The two bootylicious ladies shout out those with similar assets -- and their own, of course. "The last time the world seen a booty this good was on 'Jenny From the Block'…

  19. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, Live Nation has taken a creative divide-and…

  20. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

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